May 12, 2017
State care abuse claim gains momentum
Veteran social worker and PhD candidate Paora Crawford Moyle has joined a Waitangi Tribunal claim into Maori children placed in state care between the 1950s and 1990s.
The tribunal is currently considering whether it should hold an urgent hearing.
Ms Moyle says she spent 14 years in state care and was completely vulnerable to the violent inhumane treatment by adults she was placed with.
She also suffered state abuse and institutional racism by a government that abandoned hundreds of thousands of tamariki Maori.
She says it’s a stolen generation and the Crown breached all principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by severing Maori from their whanau, hapu and iwi, connections to whakapapa, reo, tikanga and turangawaewae.
Ms Moyle says there is a clear line between the number of tamariki Maori placed in residential state care and the disproportionate Maori reoffending rates identified in the tribunal’s Tu Mai Te Rangi report.
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